Greece Rejects Turkish FM Claim that There Are No Aegean Sea Borders

18 August 2017
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Athens rejected on Wednesday a claim made earlier by Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu that there are no borders in the Aegean Sea.

Government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos described the Turkish minister’s remarks as “extreme,” saying that they undermine efforts to build trust between the two countries.

“We know very well that there are sea borders and that there are international treaties,” Tzanakopoulos said on Real FM radio, adding that, as far as Greece is concerned, “under no cisrcumstances we will allow anyone to dispute international treaties and the Greek borders.”

Cavusoglu made the statement while addressing the Turkish National Assembly, where he disputed the Treaty of Lausanne, which set out the modern borders between Greece and Turkey. He said that Ankara will not accept “de facto situations” in the Aegean, claiming there are problems between Greece and Turkey.

“Among these problems is the question of sovereignty of certain islets and rocky formations, and the fact that there are no sea borders which are set by an international agreement between Turkey and Greece,” he said.

The Turkish foreign minister said the problem lies in the interpretation of articles of the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 and the Paris Treaty of 1947, adding that issues are currently being discussed between Ankara and Athens.
“Our country wants to find a fair solution to all problems within the framework of international law and taking into account its basic rights and interests,” Cavusoglu said.

“In this context, we have announced that we shall not accept de facto situations that Greece may attempt to create in geographical areas with disputed [territorial] status,” the Turkish foreign minister said.

Source: Greek Reporter

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